Eclectifying

I talk about things I find interesting. I find a lot of things interesting…

Friday Quote

by Ken Arnold on Fri 29 March 2013

Our nomination for All-Time Champion and Protector of Youthful Morals goes to Representative Clare E. Hoffman of Michigan. During an impassioned House debate over a proposed bill to “expand oyster and clam research,” a sharp-eared informant transcribed the following exchange between our hero and Rep. John D. Dingell, also of Michigan. DINGELL: There are places in the world at […]

Wednesday Quote

by Ken Arnold on Wed 27 March 2013

Cutting the space budget really restores my faith in humanity. It eliminates dreams, goals, and ideals and lets us get straight to the business of hate, debauchery, and self-annihilation. — Johnny Hart  

“I wouldn’t wish that on a dog!”

by Ken Arnold on Tue 26 March 2013

Fun Fact: Early child abuse court cases tried to treat the children as animals. Because it protected the children. Got your attention? You see, before we had laws against child abuse, we had laws against animal abuse. So the lawyers tried to get the courts to think of the children as animals because then they […]

Monday Quote

by Ken Arnold on Mon 25 March 2013

Nobody suffers the pain of birth or the anguish of loving a child in order for presidents to make wars, for governments to feed on the substance of their people, for insurance companies to cheat the young and rob the old. — Lewis H. Lapham

The Iraq War and the Supportive Left

by Ken Arnold on Wed 20 March 2013

As thoughts go on the anniversary of the Iraq war, Charlie Pierce does well. It is as important to remember those on the left who supported the war, as well as those on the right. Mostly they espoused idealized versions of what the war might do, but these were fairy tales: That the war might, […]

First Powered Flight: Gustave Whitehead

by Ken Arnold on Tue 19 March 2013

Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft (a premier source) has accepted that the first powered heavier-than-air flight was by Gustave Whitehead in 1901. The Wright brothers were filers-come-latelies in 1903. In the early hours of 14 August 1901, the Condor propelled itself along the darkened streets of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with Whitehead, his staff and an invited guest […]

Monday Quote

by Ken Arnold on Mon 18 March 2013

… But if we laugh with derision, we will never understand.  Human intellectual capacity has not altered for thousands of years so far as we can tell. If intelligent people invested intense energy in issues that now seem foolish to us, then the failure lies in our understanding of their world, not in their distorted perceptions. Even the standard example of […]

Maybe a Warrentless Search of Your Phone Records Isn’t Legal‽

by Ken Arnold on Sun 17 March 2013

Suppose the FBI wants records of your calls or purchases or whatever. How do suppose they get them? What that you said? They get a search warrant? From a court? How quaint, you’re so cute. I’ll bet you still have a rotary dial phone. The FBI decides to write a letter to the company or library […]